Our services

On Sunday afternoon at 2 pm you are most welcome in our service. During the services you taste the international character of the community. Besides singing together, listening to God’s Word and prayer, there is a lot of attention for mutual meeting and conversation. All services are translated into English. Before the service there is an opportunity for meeting, from 13.30 the coffee is ready.

Our Community Groups

Not only on Sundays we meet each other but also during the week during the Community Groups. In the ICF there are 5 community groups, both in and outside Gouda. We meet once every 2 weeks on a weekday evening. These evenings are informal and so we get to know each other and God better. If you are interested, you can mail to community@icf-gouda.com.

Our youth

Children, teenagers and young people are all part of the ICF. During the service there is a lot of attention for the children and for them a parallel program is offered.

Our activities

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Our news

New pastor: Maarten Blom

Gouda – On Thursday 28 March a joint meeting decided to appoint Maarten Blom as the new pastor for the ICF Gouda. After an encouraging process, the leadership team is grateful that Maarten can start as a pastor in September.

Nomination

The General Church Council of the Protestant church of Gouda and the Leadership Team of the ICF have taken over the unanimous nomination of the selection committee. Maarten Blom has thus been appointed as the new pastor for the international community in Gouda. The activities for the GZB will be completed by Maarten in the coming months so that he can start on 1 September.

Process

After the goodbye to the previous pastor, the procedure was started by drawing up a profile and a vacancy. The ICF was surprised by the many responses and good candidates with whom wonderfull meetings were held. Ultimately, the selection committee unanimously decided to nominate Maarten.

Albania

In the last years, Maarten, together with his wife Gerdien and their children, have lived and worked in Albania as a church planter on behalf of the GZB. They look forward to being part of the ICF community as a family and building the community together.

Vacancy ‘Pastor ICF-Gouda’

Since our much appreciated pastor is leaving us, we are looking for :

A Pastor for the ICF-Gouda (0.72 fte)

We are:

A Christian community open to all cultures and languages. Our international church believes that diversity is a gift from God through which we discover God’s own multifacetedness. It is our desire to be a community whose focal point is Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, based on God’s grace as a driving force for relationships and our personal lives. We also wish to make God’s desire for peace in this world visible and offer a hospitable place in a broken world.

The International Christian Fellowship in Gouda grew out of an international Alpha course, which took place in 2008, into a pioneering congregation within the PKN church in Gouda (Protestantse Kerk in Nederland). As a small, hospitable congregation we hope to discover what the next step for our community will be.

We are looking for:

A pastor who in dependence on God wishes to offer leadership to the ICF in Gouda, in collaboration with its Leadership Team and full involvement of the congregation.

A devoted follower of Jesus Christ with a passion for sharing the Good News with others.

A leader who, with confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit, shows openness to a diversity of traditions and loves to be part of the worldwide church.

A preacher who:

  • Is well-educated in theology at an advanced or academic level
  • Has a good command of the English and Dutch language
  • Is familiar with cultural diversity and church traditions

A pastor with experience in:

  • Serving and living in an international context and connected with an international church community
  • Handling brokenness in the lives of people with a desire to to be present with them
  • Giving biblical education and training to people of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds

A warm personality with an open and welcoming attitude towards people,an inspiring and impassioned leader with a focus on relationships and community, good interaction with different age groups, and a person who embraces diversity out of conviction and knows how to enjoy it.

We expect the future pastor to be willing to live in Gouda or its surroundings in order to be well connected with ICF-Gouda and actively participate in church life within the PKN Gouda.

As pastor of ICF-Gouda you will carry out the following tasks:

  • Provide leadership to ICF-Gouda
  • Encourage people’s growth in faith through services, community groups and other activities
  • Be involved in the lives of members through pastoral care and diaconal ministry
  • Coordinate and maintain an overview of all ministries and activities
  • Provide coaching in relation to consolidation and development after a time of pioneering
  • Stimulate vision formation on, and concretisation of the missionary task

We offer:

A fascinating and instructive position as pastor of a warm and involved community, where all age groups are seen, and everyone can participate. We offer a one year contract, of 26 hours a week, with the intention of extension for an indefinite period. Remuneration is in line with employment conditions of the PKN church and is dependent on the applicants’ level of education and depth of experience.

Contact:

We look forward to learning about your motivation towards serving our congregation and are eager to receive your application letter, which should include a CV as well as a link to a meditation or sermon you have given. You can mail this before 12 January to vacature@icf-gouda.com.

For more information we would like to refer you to our website: www.icf-gouda.com.

If you wish to receive a profile text or contact someone please feel free to email Wout Schonewille at wout.schonewille@icf-gouda.com.

You can download here the vacancy text